One of the most common side-effects of the busy holiday season is a sense of being overwhelmed. With so much to take care of, whether it be coordinating a family vacation or having guests visit, dealing with interruptions of both the diet and routine variety. People might find themselves feeling tired or cranky because of these things.

It’s important to find ways to work through stress before it gets out of control, and these easy tips from Dr. Yusuf Mosuro  will help. Adding a new element of a daily or weekly routine one at a time is a great way to create a permanent change since it won’t feel so different. These ideas are all great examples.

  1. Write it Down: Dr. Yusuf Mosuro shares that sometimes, simply writing down a problem on paper helps one feel better. Try writing it out and channel that energy into keeping a journal to track how you feel. Note how you are feeling and try to see what might be triggering it in order to help prevent it.
  2. Have A Smart Snack: In some cases, Dr. Yusuf Mosuro knows some may turn to food for comfort. It might make you feel like you are helping the situation by indulging in something fattening or sweet, but overdo it you might just end up feeling stressed out and have a stomachache. Certain healthy foods provide an energy boost that might also just affect your mood, so try grabbing something healthy instead. Also, overloading on caffeine can make stress worse.
  3. Go Workout: Exercising is a great way to clear one’s mind after a stressful situation. Dr. Yusuf Mosuro shares that making it a fun experience by inviting a friend is another helpful way to avoid stress, since both talking and laughing are known to combat it.
  4. Last but not least…do you. Dr. Yusuf Mosuro shares that saying yes to everyone is impossible. Take time for yourself, cut out negative thinking and focus on yourself and your happiness sometimes.

Dr. Yusuf Mosuro  shares these ideas as small starting points for those who are just starting out of their path of stress management.